What are the benefits of Workplace Essential Skills (WES) Training?

Improved productivity

  • According to the study, The Impact of Basic Skills Programs on Canadian Workplaces, 66% of respondents saw reduced error rates in people’s work. Additionally, 85% of respondents saw increases in the quality of people’s work and 73% saw increases in work effort.
  • According to the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum, on average, a one-dollar investment in training returns a benefit to the employer of $1.38.

Enhanced workplace efficiencies

  • The understanding of safety regulations and procedures leads to fewer injuries, which in turn leads to reduced insurance costs and less employee downtime.
  • In a Conference Board of Canada study, 82% of respondents associated increased health and safety with their workplace’s basic skills program (The Economic Benefits of Improving Literacy Skills in the Workplace, Conference Board of Canada, 2007).

More vibrant and engaged workforce

  • An organization active in offering education and employment opportunities is more likely to retain its employees.
  • Employees who participate in Essential Skills programs increase their level of self-confidence, acquire new skills, are better prepared to seek promotion opportunities, and believe that they are valued by their workplaces.
  • A Conference Board of Canada report also indicates that employees are more inclined to take ownership of their work and become more effective decision-makers. Other benefits include enhanced teamwork and improved labour-management relations (The Economic Benefits of Improving Literacy Skills in the Workplace, Conference Board of Canada, 2007).

Increased competitiveness

  • Enhanced Essential Skills prepare employees for managerial and technological changes in the workplace, and position the company for greater competitiveness.